101 airborne combat patch
ALPHA ORIGINALS
2nd Brigade
Vietnam 1967 - 1968
Photo provided by Mike Connell
This trooper was with the 1/501st, this snake was on the compound.
The Vietnamese told us it was a Black Mamba.
South Vietnam camp near HUE August 1968
Our job at the camp was to relay night ambush map grids to the Battalion, and our ambush sites
to the South Vietnam troops. A funny thing though, we had to use code over the radio to give out
positions, but the Vietnamese did not.

So just think, when they gave out positions, there was no code that they used, just their own
language.
Any North Vietnam soldier or Viet Cong who was listening to their radio would know exactly
where our troops were set up at night...SCARY THOUGHT.

August 1968
South Vietnam camp near HUE City.

Comments by Mike Connell